Ben is member attorney at Lederer Weston Craig PLC in the firm’s West Des Moines, Iowa, office. Ben has been an attorney with the firm since 2008 after graduating from the Creighton University School of Law. Ben practices in the area of tort and commercial litigation, with a focus on insurance defense, liability defense, products liability, personal injury, bad faith, and retail liability. He has tried numerous cases to the bench and juries in Iowa’s state and federal courts. While focusing mostly on the defense of civil litigation, Ben has also represented claimants and collected well over a million dollars for his clients.
Ben is very active in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), having served as the Iowa State Representative, Iowa Membership Chair, and on several other boards and committees. Since 2009, Ben has served twice on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Defense Counsel Association’s Board including most recently from 2016 to 2019. Ben is also active in the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), and the Themis Advocates Group, a national network of preeminent law firms. Ben has been recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising star from 2015 to present.
Ben is a founding member of Professionals for Charity (“P4C”), a tax-exempt charity organization started in 2012 to fundraise for Des Moines, Iowa area children’s charities. Also, from 2010 to 2016, Ben was a member of the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Iowa. Ben is married to his wife, Leah Weston, a dentist in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ben and Leah have two daughters, Bellamy and Vivienne. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes.